There are many good starter plants for beginners. Among these are golden fern, a flowering vine that grows very tall, thickly, yet with good maintenance, it will eventually have thick, mature green leaves and hairy spider plants, which also grow quite easily in large pots. Spider plants and golden fern are both good starter plants because they are able to survive in less than ideal conditions. But if you are new to home gardening, it is a good idea to start with one or two good quality plants rather than choose randomly.
Tomatoes are another good starter plant because they are not that difficult to grow, although they are not the most popular garden plant. The most popular tomato plants are the small garden variety tomatoes which are about 5 inches tall. A tomato plant is a perennial and needs to be dug up every few years to allow for new growth. Tomatoes do well in a variety of conditions, but are at their best when they are planted in rich soil with lots of light. The good starter plants for tomatoes are the larger varieties like the hybrid tomato, the big earl grey or the red or white tomato, and the pinot noir. Most gardeners keep about four to six tomato plants at any one time, so your supply should last for quite a few years.
A useful plant to have around is the castor oil bush or bearberry bush. They are easy to maintain, and grow very well in full sun or partial shade. Both types of plant tolerate drought and some shade, and although the castor oil bush grows taller than the other plants in your garden, the castor oil bush will go out in the wild if the soil becomes too dry. They love moist soil, and you can harvest the plants regularly if you choose to.
Another fairly easy plant to grow is the violets. Violets are most plentiful in the warm southern states where full sun is most abundant. The most attractive feature of violets is the large numbers which will bloom from the smallest to the largest leaves. You will find that the blooms peak during late summer or early fall, with the resulting bright color lasting through the cold winter months. Growing violets is not difficult, provided you provide them with plenty of sun and moisture.
One concern with growing plants indoors is making sure that you water them enough. It is not enough to just mist the plants; you must water them thoroughly, especially if you are using pots that have drainage holes. Keep in mind that young plants cannot hold on to water well and water often. Watering frequently, especially during the hottest part of the day, can make the plant drown and cause death.
Some good plants for a garden are snapdragons, garden roses, boston ferns, and gardenia. These all can be used year-round and will also produce flowers for your garden when desired. Boston ferns produce a fern type blossom in the spring, but it can be planted any time of year and will produce flowers again each year. Many gardenia varieties bloom in the fall as well.
Good seed starting plants for your garden are shubas, begonias, calendula, phlox, japanese spurge, and pansies. All of these are easy to start and produce beautiful blooms throughout the growing season. Many varieties of these plants can be started in containers. Shubas and calendula both like a moist soil and can be started in many kinds of pots. Phlox and japanese spurge can be started in a variety of pots and will also produce beautiful flowers in the spring.
When you are ready to start planting your container garden, follow the directions on the packaging to determine how much room you have, how much organic matter you need, and how many plants you will need. Remember to water your plants well and to mulch your beds if you have not already done so. Careful planning and attention to detail can help ensure that your container garden grows strong and thrives. Good Luck!